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Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Interview with 'Leæther Strip', 27 Arp 2010

You first released music under the name of Leæther Strip, as early as 1989 . Prior to this were you involved in any other musical projects ?

CL: Yes I was. I started really early in 82 writing my first songs. Some of those demo’s are released on the “Yes I’m limited V” album from last year. My band / project was called Forbidden Art. I then Joined another band with one more keyboard player and a singer called “The Future”. This band later became “Decode” we got signed to a Danish label and released a single called “Planet of youth”. I left the band right after we recorded that single and half of an album. I went back to being a solo artist and wrote many songs as Forbidden Art again. That slowly moved in a darker direction and was the start of Leæther Strip.

G.A.W.M.U.S. (Getting Away With Murder U. S). Was this officially the first ever 'Leæther Strip', release, and what can you remember of its initial construction ?

No. G.A.W.M was a fan club and I let them release that CD, it also contained some of my early work before Leæther Strip. That release was a compilation of some rare unreleased tracks. My First release was the 12” Japanese bodies in 89 and then my first album “The pleasure of Penetration”

What do you remember of the first days, do you have any interesting storys you could share ?

There is so many memories from those days. The problem I had was finding people with the same passion and goals for the music as I had. I knew then that this was What I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So I might have been hard to work with for the people I played with. And in the end, I really felt more comfortable being my own master. I still get problems with labels and people I work with at times because I take what I do really serious, it’s not a game it’s my life, and some people tend to find that annoying. But I also think that’s is one of the reasons I’m still here 21 years after Leæther Strip was formed. None of the people I played with in the 80’s are in the music business now so I must have done something right I guess. But it was another time, it was impossible for a Danish band to get a contract outside Denmark in those days, and if the Danish labels smelled “underground” on you they would’nt have anything to do with you. And it’s still that way really. I’m almost ignored by the Danish media. Still after all these years.

With each release, do you consider a particular set theme or direct concept.Do you find religion and politics, a strong point, within your initial concepts, and the current world climate etc ?

I don’t really think that way. I just write the songs that come to me from the inspirations I get from all sorts of places. Music , books , paintings, Human behavior and the news. I really never decided to make an album with a certain theme going through the whole album. There will be a soundtrack out written by me, for a movie called “Dark Passages”. That’s the closest thing to a concept album I’ve done. I do mostly write songs about the darker side of our mind, and the evil we do.

How is a Leæther Strip, album actually constructed, in form. What instruments do you use ?

I usually find a working title for the album I am starting on first, and then I just start to write songs. I only work on one song at a time, I’m filled with ideas all the time and I would just end up with a bunch of half finished songs in the end. I still use my old Moog Source, and Korg ms-20 a lot. I also use a lot of software synths. My favorites are Vaz Modular and Reaktor.

With time comes new technology, are you happy to embrace this, or do you prefer the old school primal methods ?

I am not suffering from software phobia at all. It’s not the tools that write the music it’s still the artist so all that snobbery simply doesn’t interest me. For me it would be stupid not to use what the brilliant minds create for us.

I noticed that ambient plays a large part, and neo-classical elements. Do you yourself listen to classical music for inspiration, and ideas ?

I listen to a lot of classical music. My partner Kurt and I often go to church Organ concerts. That I find really inspiring.The Organ composers back in the dark ages Were like punks, and some of the harmonies and melodies are really amazing. I am a music addict and its all styles and forms. I also collect movie soundtracks. I started doing that after watching John Carpenter’ “Halloween” and “The thing”. His soundtrack work had also inspired me very much.

Can you remember your first ever live show, and were there any interesting moments ?

My first real concert was in Kassel (Germany) at a venue called “the Factory” I remember every second of the drive down there and minutes before the show and also every second of the concert. There was about 300 people there and I was scared out of my pants, but it all went away as I heard to roar of the people when I came on stage. I expected deadly silence.

So far in you career, have you a favorite Album, and which album do you find the fans love the most ?

The album that did most for my career was by far “Solitary Confinement” . I do not favor any of them more that the other really. All the albums are like A diary for me. If you ask the listeners it varies a lot, most like “Solitary confinement” then “underneath the laughter” and “Self – Inflicted”.If you put a gun to my head, I would have to say that of the released albums “Aengelmaker” is my favorite.

When you first started, did you ever conceive that you would become, one of the most influential 'Industrial', acts of all time, who do you consider to be your influences ?

No never. My dream was to get a shot at recording 1 album, and if that would have been all there was for me, then I would have been satisfied. I know it sounds a little stupid now, but I am still that kid getting my first release in the mail from the label, every time I receive one of my own new releases, totally euphoric and on the verge of tears. I can’t believe I still get to do this. So I always put All my energy and passion into every song, cause I never know if I get to write another one.

In '07, you re-recorded your cult debut, re-working old material, bringing the sounds to a modern outlook. To me there a thousands times stronger than the originals, (I could be shot for saying that !). Do you agree, or is there, well actually I prefer the minimal sounds of the originals ?

Yes Retention no1 was the first one. I knew that it was going to divide the “waters” now that I released it the way I did.The easy way would just be to remaster the old album and leave it there. But I wanted to make this a special release for me too. And it’s a lot of work, I use the same amount of time as I would writing a new song. Doing it this way made me go back in time and it was great to revisit those days, and the memories really came back to me doing the re-makes. It’s great fun. I want to stress that the re-makes aren’t meant to better versions of the old songs, they written in another time and that can’t be re-made. I don’t think it’s any wonder that they sound different, I would like to think that I’ve learned a little in the last 21 years.

'Japanese Bodies', I really have to mention this as it seem to be a incredibly prominent feature, is there a story behind it. Is it a reference to a war atrocity, Ie: the US army hiding corpses, during WWII ?

Yeah. I actually remember the day I wrote that song. I had just seen a documentary on how the generations born after the Nuclear bombs ended the 2’nd WW. It stroke me how they weren’t filled with hate and anger after so many of their family members and loves ones were turned into ashes. We in the western culture have this urge to carry hate with us through the generations no matter how many years pass by. We could learn a lot from their culture and about seeing the positive in the life there is right in front of us, and taking power of our own lives and not pushing that power on other people.

The Retention Box, series what comes as BOX 4, and how many will there be in total. Do you intend, to re-record all your 90's releases, and re-vamp the related material. ?

The next one for ”Retention no4” will be “Underneath the laughter”. I have decided to do one at a time, but the plan is to do it with all the albums I released in the 90’s. I still don’t know what I would do when I get to “Serenade for the dead”
but we’ll see when that time comes.

You last release “Aenglemaker”, another stunning dark piece of art. What can you tell me of its origins and underlying themes. Is there an agenda Or Hidden Message within ?

I wanted to write a song about the only Danish ”serial” killer we ever had in Denmark, a woman named Dagmar Overbye. During her trail she got the nick name “Angelmaker”, I decided then, that this would be the title of the album too.
Mainly because her story is amazing , sad and shocking, and really shows what child abuse can lead to. And this went on 100 years ago.

How did its creation go, and are you happy with the current feedback ?

I was hard album to write because I really went deep down into myself and I found a lot of hidden ghosts down there .That album had been really successful and it had a big part in me going back on stage to play concerts again after 16 years. I hope my new album “Mental Slavery” will be received just as well as “Aengelamaker”.

Lastly what can we expect from you in 2010, any other dark works in the loop ?

On June the 11th , my new 2CD album “Mental Slavery” will be out (3CD + more in the limited edition) And later this year my soundtrack album for “Dark Passages” will be out...


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Interview with 'Luxury Stranger' - 20 Apr 2010.
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When did you first form, and was their a straight forward planned goal ?

Luxury Stranger first came into being around 2007 / 2008 although the current line up has been together since the summer of 2009. There is a plan, I call it my 'Master Plan' and although I can and will never reveal it - we're sticking to it. Even though there is a planned goal, I like to think that there are a few surprises out there for us and our fans.

Could you give us a little intro, of who's, who and how the band functions as a unit, plus do you still have the same line up as you started with ?

Well, I'm Simon York - frontman, guitarist / vocalist in Luxury Stranger. With me I have Chris Ruscoe on bass guitar and then Paul Sycamore on drums. I like to think of Luxury Stranger as a singularity, not just a band but also as an art piece in some ways. LS is currently in it's 4th life if you include when I first came up with the idea behind Luxury Stranger... yes, I am the main person of LS but this is the strongest line-up LS has had in its short but highly productive life span.

What can you remember from the very first days, rehearsals. How long did it take before you said, yup this is it, thets get down to recording ?

Well, very first days was a case of me on my own writing and recording tracks hoping to find a sound that I could class as Luxury Stranger. Rehearsals with the first members that I took on board were non-eventful due to non-commitment. But as soon as I met Chris and he came on board it was like I'd met a kindred spirit. We got into the work (rehearsing the Desolation tracks for live performances) and then started looking for a live drummer. We picked up Owen who rehearsed with us from April 2008 till our first live outing in September and he stayed with us as our live drummer till June / July 2009. Paul came on board very soon after Owen's departure and he's gone from strength to strength, not just as a drummer but also helping with promotion and everything else like that - he's been very 'hands on' and enthusiastic.

Prior to 'Desolation', were there any self releases made, demo's, promos etc ?

Well - Desolation was Luxury Stranger's first release. Before that that there's our own separate works / projects and a mass of songs from where I was trying to find the sound of LS.

How would you best describe, your actual musical style, who are your main influences ?

We have loads of influences. For me musically it's Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Pearl Jam and The Cure (79 - 82). Paul's into various genres of music - one of his favourite bands is the Smashing Pumpkins - while Chris has tastes that blend between me and Paul and further...

The debut 'Desolation', see many different twists and sounds, does it follow a particular concept ?

As I said earlier - Desolation was a 'me finding what I wanted LS to sound like' album. I recorded over 60 songs as part of this project and only the ones on Desolation made it. Saying that, only 60% of that album truly fits what I see as LS now days. I think the second album will fit closer to Luxury Stranger's sound.

'Dirt', opens the LP, with an almost punk grind rock feel. Is this is a song about wanting to change people, or more an experience you've had, with a female that dragged you down ?

Hmmm... I really don't like to go into songs too much as it takes away something from the listener but I will go into this one. Dirt is about the ideas behind BDSM. The fact that one can be seen as wrong, perverse. But to one's self and some others you are perfection. You want to spread that perfection through the seduction and corruption of others.There are people out there begging to be corrupted. There are people out there wanting to experience the corruption of others...This song is for them.

Each song follows different structures and paths is, this intentional, to keep the listener wanting more ?

Of course. I like Luxury Stranger to remain on a direct course yet retaining the elements of the chameleon. It keeps one's self interested and excited and this is then reflected on to and by the audience.

Again I love 'Paradise Untouched', and also 'Dreaming Our Lives Away', what can you tell me about them, I'm really intrigued ?

Ideas behind songs again... grrr.. Okay. I think these both speak for themselves. Paradise Untouched is stating facts to the listener and how they've been seducted into an easy life where music and art means nothing yet here we are saying "look at your miserable selves, there's a world out there that is bigger than you". In the lyrics I state how it's a world I've been in and have been torn out of but I'm trying to get back there despite time and space... these concepts are nothing, they were created by the minds of men and so can be broken down by the mind of man (with the help and support of others).Dreaming our lives away is a ballad. Just saying how love is such a silly thing and how we just ignore important things and not take note of the seemingly less important things for love... I think when you strip down all of my songs, one way or another they're all love songs - it just depends on one's point of view.

How did you find the actual recording of the LP, was it a real enjoyable experience. Do you think you learnt a lot from it ?

Well - as I was recording on my own for this album - it was a lonely trek. But it allowed me to work in my usual 'music scientist' way without any concerns of being miss-understood. After rehearsing and time together, I think both Paul and Chris know how I work both mentally and musically... they know I may state a fact or direction when it comes to a song and they'll trust my path... As I said earlier, I have a 'Master Plan' and we are sticking to that plan...

After its release, how has feedback been, and are you overall happy ?

Collectively we've been very happy with the feedback on Desolation. For me it's been a case of knowing my 'baby' has passed it's first test... now it's just a case of 'commitment and discipline' and whatever comes after that...

'May', this year See's you playing 'London', supporting 'Voices Of Masada', what can I expect from the live experience. Do you think your sound translates well in the live arena ?

We have a slightly different sound when playing live... My vocals come across a lot more and the power is grinding away but the songs still shine through. This is what I love about Luxury Stranger (and it's something I hope will continue) - LS has two sides: the raw, powerful live monster with few unnecessary frills and then we have the scientific architect in the studio painting a soundscape of layers. I love the theatre of playing live but I consider the construction and de-constrution of pieces of music in the studio a most enjoyable and 'self-discovering' task to take on

Lastly, what can we expect from you in 2010, any new material or songs in the loop ?

We've been recording music for the 2nd album in between playing shows. I'm also currently compiling what tracks I'd like on the 3rd and even the 4th albums! We already have one song from the yet to be recorded 3rd album in our live set, a song called 'Frozen' which is a powerhouse piece of music which deals with the ownership of a loved one who just doesn't quite realise what they're in for... it's a bit strange really. Luxuriously strange!

...Any last words ?

Last words... stay strange and luxurious...

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Saturday, April 3, 2010


Interview with 'Dommin' - 03 Apr 2010

You first formed in around 2000, I'm lead to believe. What were the first day's like. Do you still have the same initial line up, and was there a basic master plan for the musical outlook ?

The first days were exciting because it was the first time I was doing everything myself.I had no opinions holding me back. No band members wanting to take things in different directions.There was a freedom I enjoyed in being self-reliant. The line-up has changed over the years.The only master plan was to do music that I wanted to hear.

How would you best describe your musical approach, do you lyrics follow a particular set path ?

I have no musical approach or path. In my mind, I'm just doing what is right for the song.

Would you say you achieved, your initial first goals, were there any 'Demos', made prior to the debut self release 'Mend Your Misery' ?

I have made at least 4 demo CD's prior to Mend Your Misery.

'Mend Your Misery',I believe was released around 05/06, please correct me here. Was this initially your debut LP, or more just a professional 'Demo' release ?

Mend Your Misery was our attempt to put out a CD without any label back and with no professional aspirations of being signed. We gave up on that and were just determined to do it on our own. But looking back, it was certainly more of a full demo CD and i consider Love Is Gone to be the debut.

Can you remember your first ever live show, and what was the reaction like ?

The first show I ever did was at the Lava Lounge in Long Beach for a scattered group of maybe 15 people.There were hecklers front and center.

How did you become signed to 'Roadrunner', they seem to quote 'Love Is Gone', as being your debut LP. Plus also most of the songs appear to be on the previous release. Was this more a case of re-record the original material, with better production, and some new material ?

Love Is Gone certainly was re-recorded of some of the same songs from Mend Your Misery.Many people don't seem to understand that 'Mend Your Misery' was a demo CD and only about 1,000 were made. I would have hated to let songs like 'My Heart, Your Hands', 'Without End', 'I Still Lost' and 'Tonight die' on an obscure demo.No, I certainly had to get those songs the maximum exposure which is why I wanted to re-record it.

Who would you say are your major influences, you visual side hints a little at the 'The Misfits', maybe 'Danzig', and 'Type O' creeping in sound wise ?

Danzig and Type O are certainly influences along with 'Rammstein', 'Depeche Mode', 'Nirvana', 'KISS' and 'AC/DC'.I like a lot of other things outside of rock music too like 'Sia', 'Fiona Apple', and Big Band and Swing music from the 30's and 40's.

How do you find your sound translates, into the live show state. Do you enjoy playing to the crowd, and what can we expect from a live show ?

The live show is definitely more of an intense experience with a lot more atmosphere. We tailor the songs for a live situation that aims to draw the crowd in and make them feel what we feel.

Is there any bands you your selves, you would strongly recommend, and who would you say you've enjoyed the most touring alongside ?

We've enjoyed all the tours we've been on with 'Lacuna Coil', 'HIM', 'The 69 Eyes', 'The Birthday Massacre', 'Wednesday 13' and 'Combichrist'. I could definitely see us going out with 'AFI', '30 Seconds To Mars' and 'Evanescence'. I think they would be great bills.

What can we expect to see in 2010, any new material in the works, or any possible live UK, shows ?

For the rest of 2010, after the HIM tour, we'll be returning to the UK for the Download festival as well as some other dates in between festivals. There will probably be a lot more touring before we go back into the studio for a new album.

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